Vegan Eggs: Too Good To Be True?
Be it sunny side up, over easy or hard boiled — most of us grew up eating eggs in the morning. A breakfast, baking and binding staple, it seems like eggs are EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, eggs are bad for human health; inhumane for hens and chicks; detrimental for the environment; and in increasingly short supply.
Luckily, if you’re a lover of all things egg, you don’t have to abandon the idea of eating them entirely. Egg substitute options get more impressive every day. There are plenty of ways to recreate your favorite flavors, cruelty-free.
Here are some awesome vegan egg alternatives that are making morning meals a lot easier:
According to the Simply Eggless website, “We’ve concocted a vegan egg (available as both a liquid or a patty) made up entirely of Lupin beans and other scrumptious plant-based ingredients that frys [sic], bakes and scrambles just like the real thing.” We can’t wait to give it a try.
Follow Your Heart introduced their VeganEgg and became the first mass-produced scrambled egg substitute ever to hit store shelves. It’s made using black salt, which offers a sulfur-like flavor that’s extremely similar to that of real eggs. It also includes two new ingredients: whole algal flour and whole algal protein, both derived from natural micro-algae containing essential amino acids, dietary fiber, and high levels of lipids, carbohydrates and micronutrients. This egg sub can be scrambled, cooked into frittatas and quiches, and used in baked goods. Check out their video to learn more. You can buy this at most grocers and on Amazon.
The Vegg Scramble
The company that created one of the most popular egg yolk substitutes — The Vegg — also offers The Vegg Scramble, designed to be scrambled and eaten like the ever-popular breakfast dish. The first-ever scramble product to hit the market, The Vegg Scramble can be mixed with high protein soy milk to create a morning meal that’ll quash that egg craving once and for all. Made with soy protein, nutritional yeast and a few other ingredients, it also incorporates the flavor of black salt for that familiar eggy taste.
Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer
This gluten-free vegan egg replacer is a simple, clean and easy-to-use vegan baking essential. Great for muffins, cakes, cookies, quick breads and more.
Ok, so it’s not an identical replica of the eggs your mother made, but a tofu scramble can be surprisingly similar to the real thing. Use firm tofu, crumble it into pieces, and sautée it with nutritional yeast, diced veggies, turmeric (for color and nutrients) and anything else that pleases your palate. It offers an excellent protein profile and similar mouthfeel to the breakfast dish you remember.
There are so many egg substitute options available for baking, including:
- Apple sauce
- Smashed banana
- Chia seeds
- Flax meal
Looking for even more ideas and tips on cooking sans eggs? Check out this short, fun and informative video from Miss Kitchen Witch.
So there you have it: plenty of delicious vegan egg options that are easier on the environment, your health and the totally adorable chickens of the world.
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